Biblical prayer

Habakkuk’s Prayer

Habakkuk 3:2-19

LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.

God came from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran.

His glory covered the heavens
and his praise filled the earth.

His splendor was like the sunrise;
rays flashed from his hand,
where his power was hidden.

Plague went before him;
pestilence followed his steps.

He stood, and shook the earth;
he looked, and made the nations tremble.
The ancient mountains crumbled
and the age-old hills collapsed.
His ways are eternal.

I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
the dwellings of Midian in anguish.

Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD?
Was your wrath against the streams?
Did you rage against the sea
when you rode with your horses
and your victorious chariots?

You uncovered your bow,
you called for many arrows.
You split the earth with rivers;

the mountains saw you and writhed.

Torrents of water swept by;
the deep roared
and lifted its waves on high.

Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
at the glint of your flying arrows,
at the lightning of your flashing spear.

In wrath you strode through the earth
and in anger you threshed the nations.

You came out to deliver your people,
to save your anointed one.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
you stripped him from head to foot.

With his own spear you pierced his head
when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour
the wretched who were in hiding.

You trampled the sea with your horses,
churning the great waters.

I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments. (NIV)

7 comments on “Biblical prayer

  1. Davetherave says:

    Outstanding post Bull and a lesson we all need to learn and take to heart and remain faithful.

    This tells us oppressive violence is not enduring in the face of God’s opposition to it. God is involved in flow of history to provide refuge, even from “God’s” own wrath. God’s action on behalf of the righteous is often not immediate or apparent. The disruptiveness of God’s acting is frightful when it is anticipated in vision and occurs in history. That same disruptiveness is the source of life that will endure. Thus, the frightfulness is paralleled by an even stronger confidence and exultation.

    Those not familiar with this only need to gain knowledge of God’s eventual judgment of Babylon. God is NOT to be feared by those faithful go HIM, HIS SON and the HOLY GHOST. Look at all HE has given us! HE is a loving God, a giving God, but a just God.


  2. Davetherave says:

    Sorry I’m behind Bull and been absent. Getting ready for Mom’s heart surgery this Wednesday.


  3. Mrs. AL says:

    Thanx so much for posting this, bullright. A great reminder !!!


  4. A wonderful thought, as well as a decidedly different type of post from you, BR!

    I like it, obviously, but: …you’re not getting all “sensitive” on us, are ya’?



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